All hail the Tribal Chief. Today, August 30, 2022 marks the two-year anniversary of Roman Reigns becoming the Universal Champion in WWE. His reign begun at WWE Payback on Aug. 30, 2020, when he won the title in a Triple Threat Match.
WWE.com posted a story about this momentous occasion, which you can see an excerpt from below:
The Head of the Table has defended the championship more than 20 times, overcoming Superstars like Rey Mysterio, Edge, John Cena and Kevin Owens to name a few. At WrestleMania 38, Reigns doubled down on his iconic status by defeating Brock Lesnar and picking up the WWE Championship in the process.
Few Superstars in WWE history can claim they have been World Champion for more than two years. As such, Reigns joins an honored crowd that includes Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales. More impressively, the WWE Universe hasn’t seen a Superstar be a World Champion for more than two years since The Hulkster reigned with the WWE Championship from 1984 to 1988.
Change is inevitable in WWE. Counting all other championships in WWE (sans NXT and NXT UK), there have been 55 title changes since Aug. 30, 2020, and that’s before counting the nearly 70 times the 24/7 Championship changed hands. In addition to this, there have been four nights of WrestleMania action, the WWE ThunderDome was introduced and celebrities like Bad Bunny, Logan Paul and Johnny Knoxville made their in-ring debuts. Amid all this change, there has been one constant: Roman Reigns as Universal Champion.
I’ve said this for years, and now this statement has validity due to this two year title run. I have felt that for the better part of seven years, he has been the most important superstar in the company; he is head and shoulders above anyone else on the roster and has been for a long time. I have said before and I firmly believe that he is currently in the same echelon as the greatest of all time, including Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton and others of that caliber. Reigns will go down as one of the Top 10 superstars of all time when his career is over and there is no denying that at all. Congratulations to OUR Tribal Chief! ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!!
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